“An economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market.”
Boots Riley’s film Sorry To Bother You is a film people have been buzzing about for a while, for a good reason. It is a fun comedy steeped in magical realism, with fantastic acting and brilliant cinematography, a film that shouldn’t be missed in theaters. But Boots Riley’s film is also an anti-capitalist love-letter, and we definitely need to talk about that.
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One of the first things you notice about Sorry to Bother You, Boots Riley‘s new social satire that is sparking conversations about black identity, is how stacked its cast is. And a new featurette highlights the character actor-studded cast.
Atlanta breakout LaKeith Stanfield leads a cast filled with everyone’s favorite rising stars, including Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, and Steven Yeun. Each of these actors alone would be enough to bring you into the theater, but combined, they’ll make you want to stay.
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The cast of the Boots Riley-directed Sorry To Bother You were matching. No, seriously: Steven Yeun (Squeeze) and Jeremy Fowler (Salvador) were wearing the exact same light blue stripe nautical-esque tee, while LaKeith Stanfield (Cassius “Cash” Green) wore the matching hat (also light blue and striped).
Whether or not the outfits were planned, I couldn’t be sure. But that’s mainly due to the ease and sense of closeness that this cast has that it could be imagined that some of the men wanted to match for the hell of it. In this world that Riley has created, anything goes.
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Though the summer blockbuster season is chock full of big studio tentpoles full of explosions, jokes, superheroes, car chases and more, it’s also full of some lower key indie releases that you should be going out of your way to see. One of those movies is a wild, insane comedy that we already caught on the film festival circuit, and it’s time for you to meet the director responsible for it.
Sorry to Bother You played at the Sundance Film Festival back in January where our own Ben Pearson called it “fanciful, disturbing, and wildly original,” adding that the movie “announces the arrival of a fresh, bold voice in American cinema.” That voice belongs to hip hop artist turned filmmaker Boots Riley, and a new featurette shows us who this man is and explores his wild brand of social satire. Read More »
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We’ve crossed the halfway mark of 2018, so each day this week, a different member of Team /Film will be counting down his or her favorite films of the year so far. Some of these movies have only played at festivals, but as long as they have release dates slated for sometime this year, they’re fair game for our lists. Find out how two horror movies, two superhero films, a few wildly inventive indies, and more stack up in my ranking below. Read More »
If you weren’t already hyped for Sorry To Bother You, this red band trailer should do the trick. Boots Riley‘s Sundance hit looks like one of the year’s best films. Watch the Sorry To Bother You red band trailer below.
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You may think you’re ready to see Boots Riley‘s sensational Sorry to Bother You. But I assure you, you are not ready for some of the bizarre ideas and off-the-wall imagery this film has in store for you. Annapurna Pictures wisely scooped up Riley’s much-discussed debut movie after it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and now they’ve released the first Sorry to Bother You trailer. Strap in, because things are about to get weird. Read More »
Writer/director Boots Riley has dropped a bomb on Sundance with Sorry To Bother You, a searing social satire and the most eccentric directorial debut in years. Mark it down now: no other movie in 2018 will come close to this one in terms of balancing far-out weirdness with a compelling, meaningful story. Riley has plenty to say (maybe a little too much, in fact), and his outstanding cast of Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, and more ground this startling, mind-bending story that’s overflowing with WTF moments. Read More »
This week, the bulk of the /Film crew is heading to Park City, Utah for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. This means that the coming days will be full of reviews and reactions from the year’s first major film festival, a place where major movies premiere, gems are discovered, and the basic shape of the entire year in film begins to take shape. If this Sundance is like every other Sundance, we will see some of the best movies of 2018 and discover some incredible new talent over the next week – it’s our job to put them on your radar.
But that begins tomorrow. Today, the team is en route. Today, we’re writing about our 12 most anticipated Sundance movies, the films that we’re making sure we see no matter what. And that means you should know about them, too.
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You probably didn’t notice back in 2014, but Tessa Thompson and LaKeith Stanfield both starred in Selma. And in the years since, both of their careers have taken off (though arguably, Thompson has been killing it since her Veronica Mars years) with Thompson making waves in Dear White People, Creed, and now the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, and Stanfield stealing the show in Atlanta.
Now, the two of them will be reuniting and joined by The Walking Dead and Okja‘s Steven Yeun — another actor who deserves to get his due — to star in the drama Sorry to Bother You.
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